Shelby Davis, Amy Reiner, Hannah Haskin, Patty Coker-Bolt, Turki Aljuhani, Mark George, Bashar Badran, Dorthea Jenkins; Transcutaneous Auricular Vagus Nerve Stimulation (taVNS) Treatment: Relationship to Motor Abilities and Neuroimaging in At-Risk Infants. Am J Occup Ther 2020;74(4_Supplement_1):7411520479. https://doi.org/10.5014/ajot.2020.74S1-PO4132
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Date Presented 03/27/20
A noninvasive application of vagal nerve stimulation, taVNS, stimulates the auricular branch of the vagal nerve. In a first-in-neonates application, infants who received taVNS for oral feeding dysfunction also showed improvements in head control and brain neuroimaging of major white-matter tracts. These exploratory results are promising and promote future studies of taVNS to improve motor abilities in infants with feeding difficulties or motor disorders.
Primary Author and Speaker: Shelby Davis
Additional Authors and Speakers: Amy Reiner, Hannah Haskin, Patty Coker-Bolt, Turki Aljuhani
Contributing Authors: Mark George, Bashar Badran, Dorthea Jenkins
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